Yesterday Was a Lie is a 2009 science-fictional Film Noir homage by director/writer James Kerwin, starring Kipleigh Brown as Hoyle, and featuring former Star Trek actress Chase Masterson as a mysterious and significant — but nameless — lounge singer who becomes Hoyle's ally.Hoyle is a hard-drinking private detective(?) searching for a missing scientist and a missing Nazi notebook, and instead uncovering mysteries about the the nature of reality and time. Quantum mechanics, Jungian philosophy and fanservice all feature heavily.The movie spawned a short-lived web series in 2011.
The film contains examples of the following:
- Absolute Cleavage: Masterson's (Singer's) dress for most of the film. Both Hoyle and Singer in the art museum.
- Badass Long Coat: Brown (Hoyle) wears one as part of her Hardboiled Detective gear.
- Bare Your Midriff: Singer's shirt for the latter portion of the film. Hoyle's white suit in the jazz club (briefly).
- Deliberately Monochrome
- Diesel Punk
- Film Noir
- Hardboiled Detective
- Lingerie Scene: Hoyle's shirt is removed in order to dress a gunshot wound, leaving her wearing just a bra in the rain.
- Meaningful Name:
- Hoyle's cat is named "Schrödinger" after one of the founders of quantum mechanics, who described a famous thought experiment called "Schrödinger's Cat".
- Hoyle may be a veiled reference to astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle; in one scene, a character reads "October the First Is Too Late," Fred Hoyle's book which outlines his concept of non-linear time and a reality "clerk," also referenced in the film.
- Ms. Fanservice: Hoyle and Singer would both qualify as fanservice.
- Opera Gloves: Singer's dress in the jazz club when she sings "Yesterday Was a Lie."
- Science Fiction
- Show Some Leg: Hoyle persuades a male physics student to spill secrets to her by sitting in front of him in a miniskirt and crossing her legs.